Donald Trump allegedly said Africans are “lazy fools only good at eating, lovemaking and thuggery.” While there have been no solid confirmations that Donald Trump actually said these words, it would probably would not surprise many people if he did say so, making a Trump presidency seem quite a scary prospect.
But that’s not the only controversy that Donald faces when it comes to African support. In 2015 he lashed out against South Africa tweeting, “As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather).” Within minutes, offended Africans lashed back out at Trump with comments such as “Its sad that Donald Trump calls South Africa a “mess”, it just shows you can have all the money in the world but no wisdom, not a sign of it” and “I, for one, am glad for Donald Trump’s hard-hitting truths. Before his tweet, I foolishly thought SA was doing fine. My eyes are opened.”
Recently Trump side-stepped Africa during his foreign policy speech, and many are wondering if it was a simple moment of memory lapse, or a sign of the future. Over the years, American Presidents have given serious consideration to Africa and U.S. relations, including George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama. However, Africans might be worried about a Trump presidency because they don’t have any clue on where he stands on the continent’s key issues.
When Trump failed to address the African plan for foreign policy, observers saw that as yet another blow to the Continent and fear that it could entail less efforts to help secure the proper leader support needed when planning a global policy change. The only thing that most Africans have to go on is his past comments about a “messy place”, wiping the Pirates of the face of the earth, and his response to his son’s leisure activity of big game hunting.
Lack of World Knowledge
Others are worried that Trump’s lack of worldly knowledge will only complicate things and cause wasted time when trying to “rehash” old items that he should be aware of. Causing delayed decision making, stressed relationships, and failed movement forward. In addition to his inability to relate to many of the people living in some of the poorest regions of the world, some are worried that Trump will not be able to understand the basic needs and foundation changes needed to help develop a continent that lacks many of the modern conveniences and amenities that he has enjoyed his entire life.
Stance on Islam
After offending just about every Muslim on the planet, which equates to nearly a quarter of the entire global population, many Africans are worried about their safety, livelihood and spiritual health. Early on in his campaign, Trump made waves after announcing his support for banning all Muslims from entering the United States. This was on the heels of the recent ISIS attacks and continued war on terror. But President Obama quickly fired back stating that stance is, “totally contrary to our values as Americans”.
Many Africans are watching this election very closely and with the media outlets calling Trump a perfect “Dictator” people are certainly worried about the potential meaning of a Trump presidency. From the potential ban of Muslims entering the United States, to a lack of foreign policy plans to a simple lack of basic understanding of other parts of the world, Africans are on edge as this election continues to move forward.